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The Kuen Surface is the parametrization of a mathematical equation known for being a rare example of “constant negative curvature”. In addition to this claim to fame, symmetry along two of its axes and its ressemblance to a human figure holding a disc, give the Kuen Surface particular aesthetic beauty. Man Ray and artists of the surreal and constructivist movements were enthralled by these forms and bridged a gap between modernist art and hidden beauty in mathematics. Today, a resurgence in interest in these complex curved surfaces is made more accessible by 3-D imaging and by exploration in quantum fields. The Kuen Surface begs an answer to the question, “what is beauty?” Man Ray’s 1938 photography and 1948 painting depicting the Kuen Surface inspired these 925 sterling silver pieces. 

The Kuen Surface

Man Ray

Man Ray Chess Set

Man Ray Kuen Surface

Man Ray
In 1936 Man Ray was hired by the art journal Cahiers d’Art to photograph the mathematical models of non-euclidean geometry at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris. These models went on to be exhibited alongside many surrealist and modernist works at the Grand Palais. Man Ray’s series of photographs and paintings called Shakespearean Equations contributed to liberating these forms from the isolation of scientific research, and presented to the public the world of mathematical elegance. This accurate representation of the Kuen surface is made in Germany of walnut wood, in a numbered production run.

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Kuen Sterling Silver Earings
3 cm long
220.00 CHF
Kuen Math Model Sculpture, Limited Edition
solid walnut, 28 cm high x 13 cm
Made in Germany
950.00 CHF
Man Ray, Mathematical Object, 1934–35. Gelatin silver print, 9 × 11 in. Collection L. Malle, Paris. © Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2015.
Kuen Sterling Silver Pendant
with sterling chain
4 cm x 2 cm
220.00 CHF
Kuen Sterling Silver Cufflinks
2.5 cm wide
220.00 CHF